Sabrina King has been named director of campaigns for the ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.
In this new role, King will be responsible for developing and implementing effective, non-partisan issue campaign strategies to defend and strengthen civil liberties and civil rights throughout South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. King will coordinate with and work alongside ACLU state-based staff in each of the three states as well as partner organizations and impacted communities on campaign implementations.
“Sabrina is not only a dynamic and passionate leader, but also an extraordinary human being who has immense experience organizing grassroots movements and shaping issue campaigns,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “Her knowledge of policy, ability to work with diverse populations and dedication to civil rights is exactly what we need in South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming to fight new threats to freedom head-on – and win.”
King’s work will initially include the ACLU’s free speech/indigenous rights campaign surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota and the campaign to repeal the death penalty in Wyoming.
King joined the ACLU in 2016 as the policy director for the ACLU of Wyoming. In this role, King set legislative priorities and was the primary lobbyist for the ACLU during Wyoming’s legislative session. She also managed the chapter’s on-the-ground work to accomplish its policy goals and played an instrumental role in the ACLU’s participation in campaigns like WyoSayNo, a coalition dedicated to stopping a proposed immigration prison.
Prior to joining the ACLU, King worked as an organizer and lobbyist for Dakota Rural Action, representing family farmers and ranchers in South Dakota on issues ranging from food freedom and access to fighting the Keystone XL pipeline. She was also an organizer for the Western Colorado Congress and worked to reform the Federal Coal Leasing Program.
Originally from Utah, King got her degree in political science from the University of Utah and worked at the Utah State Legislature in various capacities.
About the ACLU of South Dakota
The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of South Dakota is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and Wyoming. The team in South Dakota is supported by staff in those states.
The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBT communities. The ACLU of South Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of South Dakota.